Journal Week 24: Stones of Stumbling

We were in Berlin last weekend, staying in a hostel close to the Jewish Quarter.

One of the poignant things about Berlin is the ways in which the city and nation have tried to reconcile with the Holocaust. An example of this are the stolpersteine, the "stones of stumbling".

A Stolperstein is a cobblestone-size brass plate that is placed outside the former home of a person who was deported and executed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Each plate starts with "Here lived..." and then gives their name, birth date, date of deportation, where they were deported, and the date of their death.

Walking through the Jewish Quarter of the city I came across 18 stumbling stones.

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